17th November 2020

Church of Scotland Guild Weekly E-News


The Lord is my shepherd


One of my favourite hymns is the 23rd psalm. Over the years it has been sung to different tunes. My favourite is 'Brother James’ Air'. My own church choir have also sung it to the Stuart Townend version with half the choir singing "and I will trust in you my Lord" and the other half singing "the Lord's my Shepherd".


When King David wrote this psalm he was putting his trust in the Lord for all things; wisdom, guidance, protection supply, etc. Just as a sheep relies on his shepherd.


As we go through the verses David is telling us that the Lord will keep us safe and will be with us through every step of life’s journey - "Yeah, though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil". Even through rough times, as we walk through what may temporarily appear as our valley of death, we have the confidence and trust that our Lord and shepherd is present.


"Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies." No matter how deep the valley or dark the night David had full confidence in the ability of the good shepherd to provide for him regardless of what he was experiencing.


"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever," David sums up his life in this final verse. Needs will be met, guidance will be provided, and forgiveness through mercy is all his because he is determined to depend on the good shepherd for the rest of his life.


A Sunday school teacher had decided that her class would learn the 23rd psalm and then they would recite it to the congregation. Wee Jimmy wasn’t very quick at reading and picking things up. So on the Sunday when they had to recite to the congregation, wee Jimmy who had been trying hard to learn the psalm, stood up and said: "the Lord is my shepherd, and that's all we need to know."


So all we need to know is that the Lord is our shepherd, too, and when things get tough or we are weak, we can all depend on the good Lord and our Shepherd.


Andrea Houston

National Vice Convener


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Sorry Iain!


I hope some of you spotted last week's wee mistake... Iain was the author of the Let Us Build a House article. Mabel has not moved in with him and Elaine!








Light in the darkness


The Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse are holding a webinar on Wednesday 25 November at 7:30pm. This is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.


During the webinar:


* You will gain an insight into domestic abuse from a survivor

* Hear from Women’s Aid and an MSP on how Covid-19 has impacted domestic abuse

* Discover the unity all faiths have against domestic abuse

* Gain an international perspective on domestic abuse from a leading charity

* Learn from their film on how to help


The Guild is an active member of the group and we would encourage as many members as possible to sign up and take part in the webinar.


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Virtual island hopping


A mere 447 miles proved no barrier this week as past National Convener Marian Macintyre was able to connect with the Guilds on the Isle of Bute and in Dunoon through the wonders of modern technology. She had hoped to be with them last spring but lockdown prevented that from happening.


Marian was able to share something of her own journey with the group and was impressed by their commitment and the support they received from the local congregation, particularly from the session clerk who made all the technology work seamlessly.







It's a family affair!


Guild members across the country are busy knitting angels to spread the Good News of Christmas throughout their communities and we are looking forward to seeing some great new pictures.


We loved this picture sent to us by Annette Laidlaw of Wardie Guild, whose granddaughters, Laila, 11 and Amelie, 9, have been taking part. Well done girls, we love your angels.







Love for Lodging House Mission


These hats, scarves and gloves are making their way from Shetland to our long-time friends at the Lodging House Mission in Glasgow. It is great to see this relationship continuing (Lodging House Mission was a Guild project from 2000-2003). The invaluable work they continue to do with homeless people across Glasgow is much appreciated by Guild members, particularly as the current situation makes homeless people even more isolated and lonely than ever.


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On Eagle's Wings


This hymn may not be familiar to you but it was quoted by President-Elect Joe Biden in his acceptance speech last week.


The chorus in particular talks of how, even when we are at our lowest ebb, God can raise us up and that He holds us in the palm of His hand. We thought it might be an encouragement to you this week.


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Monday's memory


This week our memory is from Aberdeen and the North East Gathering in April 2017. It was a fantastic day that included input from Rev Shuna Dicks and Rev Hugh Wallace. We also heard from a group of refugees who had been welcomed into the city and supported by the Presbytery of Aberdeen.







Pray this week


Monday: thinking especially of the work of former Guild projects in 2000-2003, the Lodging House Mission, The Rainy Hospital Nursing School, Mission Aviation Fellowship and the Scottish Bible Society. Asking God to continue to bless their work.

Tuesday: remembering all who are undergoing chemotherapy or are recovering from surgery to remove cancer. Asking that God will heal and restore them.

Wednesday: for the National Council as they meet virtually to take forward the work of the Guild.

Thursday: on World Toilet Day, we think of all who do not have access to clean sanitation, something we take so much for granted. Asking that the powerful nations may work together to end this indignity suffered by so many.

Friday: for guidance for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris as they work to bring together the people of the USA.

Saturday: thinking especially of children that we may know who bring so much joy and hope for the future.

Sunday: for Guild members now living in nursing homes, that they would be kept safe and well.





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